- a poisonous plant (Mandragora officinarum) of the nightshade family, found in Mediterranean regions: it has purple or white flowers and a thick root, often forked, formerly used in medicine for its narcotic and emetic properties
- the root, formerly thought to have magic powers because of its fancied resemblance to the human form
- ⌂ May apple
Origin of mandrakeMiddle English mondrake, altered by folk etymology (by associated, association with man + drake, dragon) ; from mandrag(g)e ; from Old English mandragora ; from Late Latin ; from Classical Latin mandragoras ; from Classical Greek
- a. A southern European plant (Mandragora officinarum) in the nightshade family, having greenish-yellow flowers and a branched root. This plant was once believed to have magical powers because its root resembles the human body.b. The root of this plant, which contains the poisonous alkaloid hyoscyamine. In both senses also called mandragora.
- See mayapple.
Origin of mandrakeMiddle English, alteration (influenced by drake, dragon) of mandragora, from Old English, from Latin mandragoras, from Greek.